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Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday, May 22

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That's it from us today Canberra.

Here's a wrap of the major headlines.

Tearful reunion after Oklahoma tornado

RAW VISION: Trenda Purcell reunites with her son Kamden after a massive tornado struck his school in Moore, Oklahoma.

A National Simultaneous Storytime reading of The Wrong Book by Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland will be held today at public libraries throughout Canberra.

The annual event has been celebrated in Canberra for 13 years as a fun way of promoting children's literacy.

A reading will be held at  Belconnen, Dickson, Erindale, Gungahlin, Kippax and Woden libraries, at 10.30am.

Last year more than 380,000 children across the country in over 2000 locations took part.

Stephanie Anderson

A truck driver has been taken to hospital after suffering a fit while on Yass Road this morning.

A Queanbeyan Police spokesman said the driver had suffered "some sort of fit" while driving, near the intersection with the Kings Highway, momentarily blocking all traffic around 9am.

The driver has now been taken to the Queanbeyan Hospital.

The Rubens.
The Rubens. 

Some excitement for Canberra's music fans today.

Alt-rockers the Rubens  - best known for their hit single 'My Gun' - will perform in ANU's Union Court today.

The performance is a free Channel [V] 'Guerilla Gig' pop-up performance, the first ever Guerilla Gig to be held in Canberra.

The gig kicks of at 3pm. Canberra Times Fly magazine will be covering it.

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Some beautiful images from out on Lake Burley Griffin for you today.

Our kayaking Lake View blogger Paul Jurak has sent these shots through - check out his Facebook page and blog for more.

Jenna Clarke

The production stage manager of the highly acclaimed stage show "A Clockwork Orange" didn't receive a friendly welcome to Canberra when the cast and crew arrived on Tuesday.

Matthew Henderson popped to the supermarket in Civic to pick up some oranges for the show, which opens it's four-night run at the Theatre Centre, and had to call the police after he was spat on and harassed.

A 42-year-old man was taken into custody. Luckily no one was injured.

Actors rehearsing for the stage show <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> running at Canberra Theatre for four nights.
Actors rehearsing for the stage show A Clockwork Orange running at Canberra Theatre for four nights. Photo: Supplied

A sunrise shot from @handmademarket on Twitter. Lovely.

Stephanie Anderson

Ambulance crews are assessing one woman after a truck and car collided in Hume this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the two vehicle collision on Mugga Lane just after 8.10am.

An ESA spokesman said the accident appeared to be minor, with one woman being assessed by ambulance officers. It is unclear as to whether she will need to be transported to hospital.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said both vehicles were off the road and little traffic disruption was expected.

David Warner.
David Warner. Photo: Anthony Johnson

In cricket news, test player David Warner will front a Cricket Australia hearing today to learn if he will be disciplined for an extraordinary Twitter outburst against two journalists.

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Back to the US for a moment - as dusk approaches in Oklahoma on Tuesday night, 100 people have been pulled alive from the debris, officials say.

Some key points:

  • The official death toll was revised from 91 down to 24.
  • The tornado was an EF-5 - the highest possible classification
  • It was estimated at 3.2km wide and meteorologists say it left a path of destruction of about 77 square km.
  • 3,000 homes were in the tornado's path.
  • About 100 people pulled alive from the rubble.


Kalissa Graham retrieves her belongings from her destroyed home with the help of her friend Derick Colwell in Moore, ...
Kalissa Graham retrieves her belongings from her destroyed home with the help of her friend Derick Colwell in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo: AFP/Joshua LOTT

The Hume Highway is closed at Gundaroo Road.

Stephanie Anderson

A man has robbed a Bonython supermarket at knifepoint, making off with a sum cash.

ACT Policing were called to the supermarket last night after reports that an armed man demanded cash from an employee before running towards a nearby apartment complex just after 7pm.

The man is described as 183cm tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a green coloured top and grey pant, while his head and mouth was covered with a dark cloth.


TAMS have started work Jerrabomberra Creek, remove invasive willow and alder species along the creek at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.

Work has started to poison Crack Willow, a highly invasive Weed of National Significance, and Black Alder, a declared pest plant, in the area.

The plants should take six weeks to die, after which they'll be felled and removed.

The area will be then planted with native common reed seedlings in Spring.

The weed removal and restoration work is being undertaken in a ‘refuge area’ of the wetlands on the northern side of Jerrabomberra Creek where it enters Lake Burley Griffin, where public access is not permitted.

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The Centenary of Canberra has launched its largest commission ? a sculpture by internationally renowned artist and ...

Our former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the Skywhale hot air balloon has embarrassed the ACT government and given fuel to Canberra-bashers for years to come.

In his own words, "I just think it's selfish, I think it's self-indulgent."


The Sydney Symphony will be in town tonight for a major public performance at 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, performing Beethoven’s beautiful and evocative Pastorale Symphony and Brahms’ majestic violin concerto.

It will feature 2012 winner of the Young Performers Award Katerina Nazarova. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s passionate Pulcinella suite, after a ballet of the same name.

Tickets are still available or call 132 849.

Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013.
Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013. Photo: AP

Around the world in 80 words (ish)...

The death toll from the Oklahoma tornado has been revised down to 24, including nine children.

The brother of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted of charges of culpable homicide and reckless driving over a deadly road crash five years ago.

Israel's armed forces warn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of "consequences" if fire continues from Syrian territory against Israeli troops in the occupied Golan Heights.

Britain's coalition government must do a deal with Labour as it fights off attempts by Tory backbenchers to derail its move to legalise gay marriage.

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